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News from the Morris Public Library

On behalf of the library staff, we wish you all a Happy New Year. May all of your New Year’s resolutions come true. Throughout the year we hope to hear from you on your thoughts about the future of the library. What is your vision of what it is to become?

Our display case for January will showcase the Lego creations of Ryan Schamp. If you have a collection you would like to display for a month in the library, contact us at 320-589-1634.

A quick review of the year’s activities follows:

Legacy Funds provided an exhibit of Mee Lee’s fabric art along with an origami workshop, a summer reading event with the Okee Dokee Brothers, a visit from the Minnesota Zoomobile, a comic workshop, and a program on Minnesota cemeteries with photographer Doug Ohman.

The Friends of the Morris Public Library invited authors Scott Thoma and Frederick Blanch to talk about their books, Out of the Blue and Last Words. They sponsored Star Magician for the summer reading program and hosted a Hobbit birthday party for Bilbo and Frodo Baggins; along with another successful book sale. Display bookshelves were purchased for the library along with a second order of graphic novels for the library collection, as well as a shredder and a coat rack for the meeting room.

Children’s programs included a birthday celebration for Clifford, the Big Red Dog; an Easter Egg Hunt sponsored by Women of Today; and Friday Flicks sponsored by Alan Saugstad and the Friends Group.

Viking Library System purchased a new subscription of e-magazines from Zinio.

The Library hosted Viva Mexico, a musical group for the PRCA (Prairie Renaissance Cultural Alliance).

A.J. Wentler joined our part time staff through a federally funded, Experience Works program in July.

Thank you to our many volunteers throughout the year: UMM student Amelia Birkholz, Vaneza Hernandez, Gail Hockert, Marla Hunt, Minette Johnson, Ashley Malland, Pam Mohr, Judy Oldenburg, Raelene Reimers, and Matthew Utech who all contributed over 450 volunteer hours. We couldn’t succeed without you.

The library will close Monday, Jan. 20 for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day holiday.

Non-fiction books of the times:

Artist’s Way for Parents by Julia Cameron, 2013

Center Holds: Obama and His Enemies by Jonathan Alter, 2013

Cool Kids: 50 Lessons to Get You There, by Dan Tiernan, 2013

Darwin’s Doubt by Stephen C. Meyer, 2013

First 20 Hours: How to Learn Anything by Josh Kaufman, 2013

How to Hang a Picture by Jay Sacher, 2013.

Life Reimagined by Richard Leider, 2013

Metropolitan Revolution by Bruce Katz, 2013.

NOLO’s Essential Guide to Buying Your First Home by Ilona Bray, 2012

Reading Women by Stephanie Staal, 2011

Second Baby Survival Guide by Naia Edwards, 2010

This is the Story of a Happy Marriage, essays by Ann Patchett, 2013